12 July 2011
Wow, the world is a mess, with global financial crises, threatening Greece, Portugal, the EU, the USA with its deficit ceiling looming, but no dramas, we have Gaga. And she fights for equal rights for everyone.
Don't worry about the floatilla aimed at Israel from Greece or the smoky cloud above Chile, or the Japanese still climbing out of the earthquake, the tsunami and the holes in their lives these caused months ago. Phew, we have Gaga.
And how does she rate citizenship? OK, to be fair, she's playing a part, right? She doesn't really believe all this self-hype, does she?
The article in today's Sydney Morning Herald reported, "Yesterday (after a wait that would make Godot blush) Lady Gaga finally turned up to take receipt from Clover Moore of a framed honorary citizenship of Sydney. The document commended La Gaga-rina for her advocacy on gay and lesbian issues, as did the lord mayor, who offered tribute in recognising Gaga's ''unwavering support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities around the world''. ''Lady Gaga has been a powerful force for the gay and lesbian community in Sydney and we have a rare honour for people whose achievements embrace the ideals and spirit of our city - the title of 'honorary citizen of Sydney' - and today I am extending that honour to Lady Gaga," Moore said.
"As to what caused her Ladyship to tarry can only be a subject for speculation but we're game! Just possibly the news had reached her that she (and Beyonce) had been overtaken in the charts by (go on, guess!) Australia's Hillsong Church. Yup, according to an AAP report yesterday, Hillsong's latest album, God Is Able, released to coincide with the annual Hillsong conference, debuted at No. 3 this week, entering ahead of Beyonce's 4 and Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which stand at fourth and fifth respectively. It is the 10th Christian record to reach the top 10 since 2002."
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-diary/big-day-for-lady-gaga-20110711-1haqu.html#ixzz1RsQvxKYE
Wow, Hillsong should be given citizenship. Oh, wait, they are. The Sydney-based church, founded by the Houstons, Frank and later his son Brian, are a dynasty and an institution here in Australia. They bring in millions of dollars each year and spend as much on all kinds of helpful centres to assist people in various situations. They have worship gatherings in Bondi, in Crows Nest, Brisbane, even New York City, where Brian's son Joel is the leader. People from all over the world came together last week for their 25th Hillsong Conference at the Olympic Park and at their home facilities in Waterloo and out in Baulkham Hills (Hills campus). Controversial to be sure, but isn't anyone in the public eye?
Going ga-ga over Lady Gaga makes sense for tweens and teens who want to emulate the latest, the greatest, the noisiest, the splash of the moment. But for the Lady Mayor to reward this one...it's just not on.
The state of Queensland can give out keys to the cities for their Reds (Victors in the Super12 rugby championship) or their Maroons (victors in the State of Origin for the 6th year in a row), but hold off on citizenship. It's an entirely different matter, you know?
That said, I'm glad God extended His citizenship to me. The Good Book says, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus the Messiah." (Philippians chapter 3, verse 20). It's good to be home, and to have a home, and even a home away from home. All the while, our real home is in heaven with Messiah. I can't wait for that day when we'll be with him, and he gives me the keys and my official citizenship papers and the welcome that is out of this world.